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How did I do?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Many thanks to those of you who commented on my last blog, offering me support and encouragement. Next time I think I should post my blog earlier so that I can read your replies and take them with me as added incentive to stick to my resolve instead of reading them only afterwards!

So, how did I do, serving food at the race checkpoint on Saturday?

Hmmm.... er... not as well as I/you would have wished, I'm afraid. But neither was it a disaster.

For the first ten hours(!) I stuck to my plan and during a lull before the runners started arriving, I even took the opportunity to do a brisk 30-minute walk.

If I'd been able to go home at 10pm as I'd hoped, I'd have been OK, but no-one arrived to take over from me so I had to keep working until 1am. I was very tired and ate a few of the mini flapjack and chocolate brownie bites - oh, and a little slice of malt-loaf, taking me over my calorie target for the day.

I was disappointed in myself and yet recognised that I'd also won some small but significant victories, first in identifying the temptation before it happened and taking action to deal with it. Secondly, I stuck to my plan for ten hours, refusing all the 'goodies' on offer. Thirdly, when I did eat things not in my plan, I didn't binge and I still kept away from all the chocolate muffins, pastries and sweets, so I think I should credit myself with at least a small victory there.

Even at 1am, I had to drive a runner who'd pulled out of the race back to the finish, driving along foggy, narrow country lanes. Then I had to help unload a van full of kit bags and yet more food and only then could I drive home just before 2am.

And when I got home to my dark, empty house, feeling very tired, I resisted the temptation to go into the kitchen (my stomach, it seemed was still wide awake even if the rest of me wasn't!), instead going straight to bed. Another small victory.

Still, I must do better next time. (Not that I intend making a habit of working such long shifts serving food!)

Thanks again for your support.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ASOBFALLS 10/26/2014 1:26PM

    Oh Goodness....yes, our resolve goes out the window as we get tired. Night shift workers have a real problem with this "I need to eat to stay awake"

You did good! emoticon

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FLORNH 10/13/2014 8:28PM

    Sounds like you did great all things considered!

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PATRICIA-CR 10/13/2014 8:10PM

    VICTORY is the word to describe your accomplishments!! I totally think you did an emoticon job. I'm so proud of you emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 10/13/2014 6:41PM

    Give yourself a pat on the back. You did well coming home late and staying out of the food. Have another good week.

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Preparing for Temptation

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I'm going to be spending 12-15 hours today preparing and serving food at a checkpoint for a long-distance challenge run today. I had entered the race and really wanted to do it but injury problems have prevented me so I offered to help out instead.

However, I realised that the food that we're going to be serving, whilst fine for runners burning thousands of calories, won't be good for me sitting and standing around all day. So I've packed my own lunch and dinner, with healthy low calorie vegetables, boiled eggs, tinned sardines and fruit.

But before you congratulate me, please would you pray with me that I don't succumb to the temptation to eat the checkpoint goodies AS WELL AS my healthy stuff?!! I think it's going to be a big challenge.

That's why I thought I'd blog about it - then you can hold me accountable and I'll have to report how I got on!

Thanks for reading.

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SLIMLEAF 12/3/2014 5:28AM

    Thank you for your faith in me, 1FavouredLady!

I wrote about how I'd got on in my next blog "How did I do?"

but to summarise, I did very well for the first 10 hours or so, then crumbled a bit but not disastrously.

Thanks for taking an interest.

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1FAVOREDLADY 12/2/2014 7:42PM

    How did things turn out for you? For some reason I just feel you did great!

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PATRICIA-CR 10/11/2014 9:39PM

    Lindsay, I'm watching you emoticon

What a good challenge you're having! Go for it! emoticon emoticon

Can't wait to hear from you.

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MADAMES 10/11/2014 5:04PM

    Let us know how you did!!

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KALISWALKER 10/11/2014 1:45PM

    You have set yourself up for success, good planning.

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 10/11/2014 7:59AM

    Very wise idea to take your own healthy food. I will say a prayer for strength in the face of temptation. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/11/2014 7:12AM

    Blogging is a great way to keep yourself accountable! Thats awesome that you've got your own healthy food to bring. I know you'll be tempted...but just because you're tempted doesn't mean you have to give in. Stay strong....I know you can do it! (And yes, I said a prayer for you!)

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Effort and discouragement

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I was excited at the prospect of the 5% Fall Challenge - here was an opportunity to get out of a bit of a rut and finally lose some of my excess fat.

So, I planned my menus, decided on my exercise regime, measured and tracked, drank my water, got at least 7 hours' sleep a night, stuck to my calorie range and did all my work-outs. I've increased my veggie and lean protein intake and reduced my carbohydrate consumption - not by huge amounts but still a definite change whilst remaining within my Spark Ranges.

Today was weigh-in day, which would give at least some indication of how my efforts were bringing results.

Some result, though - I've GAINED about a pound! So much for all my efforts. So much for competing in The Last A Standing for sustained weight loss during the eight-week challenge.

I know I'm more than a number on the scale but even so... it's so discouraging.

I feel I've let my team (the Awesome A Team) down by gaining weight and yet I really HAVE tried. Indeed, apart from the number on the scale, one could say I've succeeded. It just doesn't show up in a measurable way. emoticon

What now? (suggestions welcome).

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TEDCABEL 9/28/2014 9:59PM

    Do NOT give up! The number on the scale is just that... A number... Your body is making changes for the better, and I think you know that... Keep doing what you're doing and take satisfaction in that you are doing the right and healthful thing for you.

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MADAMES 9/27/2014 8:29PM

    You haven't let the team down at all! One pound is insignificant..the scale will move down eventually if you are making substantial changes in all of those areas. Our bodies fluctuate up and down constantly! No worries. Don't look at this as instant gratification where you put in some effort and see immediate results! Look at it as a life long journey, and you have just taken 7 days in that direction. You are doing great if you have been able to stick to all of those tasks for 7 days!


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PATRICIA-CR 9/27/2014 7:07PM

    First, in this life-long journey and in the 5% Fall Challenge there's NO letting anyone down. That's very important for you to know. You contributed highly to your team and to yourself!! emoticon

The comments here are excellent. Besides that, remember there are NSV -Non Scale Victories- which are as important or more as if the scale moves down. According to my experience, there were a lot of NSV before I could see the scale moving in the direction I wanted.

Something I considered like the cherry on top of this journey is tracking. Are you tracking everything you eat? I used to refuse it. It wasn't until I took it seriously in the past 5% Challenge, that I understood its importance and started seeing the results I wanted.

Cheer up, my friend, you are very valuable, in all senses.


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KRISZTA11 9/27/2014 2:06PM

I understand how you feel, it is not fair!
Your plan sounds very good, and I'm sure the results will show soon.

I think one pound up is within the normal fluctuation.
It is very small, less than 1% weight of a living, ever-changing body made of water, electrolytes, proteins and so on...
I noticed that new low weights often come after plateaus or ups, so I hope the scale soon will show the loss your efforts deserve!

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JENSTRESS 9/27/2014 1:40PM

    Well, first, just breathe. You might have been retaining water, or maybe you ate a little more sodium (to retain the water) than usual. MAYBE if you started a new exercise routine, your muscles were retaining water to heal. There are an entire host of things that can make it LOOK like you are gaining, when you are doing everything right. It is the reason I don't weigh myself every week (I know that you have to in a challenge.)

Give yourself a few weeks, and your body a chance to become a little more acclimated to the routine. I'm willing to be in a few weeks, the number on the scale will be significantly lower.

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Facing a week without Sparking

Friday, August 08, 2014

I'm going on holiday to Scotland tomorrow and won't have internet access for the week. Last time this happened I felt really bad about failing to Spark - I mean REALLY bad! This made me realise that I'd become obsessive about Sparking such that it was not entirely helpful.

So, after a few months of 'cold turkey' (perhaps that should be 'cold carrot' - I'm a vegetarian!), I dared to dip my toe back into SparkLand again and seem to be managing to keep it a little less life-consuming this time.

So a week off Sparking will be OK (I keep telling myself!).

Also, I'm not going to have much choice in what I eat since my friends are in charge of the shopping and menu-planning (we're staying in a fairly remote place so have to take all our food with us and I'm going by train so can't carry much if any food with me). Again, this scares me a little.

However, I'll just try to make the best of it and, if nothing else, control my portion sizes.

I think I've finally begun to make progress on the diet/weight-loss front: I've been having scrambled eggs for breakfast and then porridge (my usual breakfast) for lunch, thereby cutting out bread and cheese that I'd normally have at lunchtime. I've also been cooking double the quantity of vegetables each evening and taking the extra portion with me to have at lunchtime.

All this is about to go out of the window for the next week of course, but I can get straight back to it when I'm home and just hope I won't ruin my efforts too much this next week.

Right - must go and finish packing before bed!

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ASOBFALLS 8/9/2014 12:35PM

    We will miss you. emoticon But have fun on Holiday!

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FLORNH 8/9/2014 5:36AM

    You can do it!
Have a great vacation!

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KNEEMAKER 8/8/2014 9:24PM

  Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 8/8/2014 5:22PM

    Enjoy your vacation, I am sure you will manage your food well.

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I hope you don't mind, but...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

... I've taken a major step back in terms of Spark stuff.

I don't know if you had noticed, but I have been largely absent from SparkLand since just before Easter.

It's not something I'm particularly happy about - I miss my Spark Friends and feel that I'm letting you down by not reading and commenting on your blogs, failing to send you Spark Goodies or encouraging messages, no longer contributing to Team Points and so on.

The thing is, I just got too obsessive about Sparking so that instead of it being a useful tool to help me make changes towards a healthier and happier lifestyle it became a heavy burden. I HAD to get as many points each day as I could, ticking off (= "checking" for my US friends!) the boxes on my Spark Points list even when I was very late for bed and desperately tired.

I was also obsessive about recording all the food I ate and the exercise I did - not in itself a bad thing, indeed we know it can be a very useful, positive thing to do, but ... well, eventually I realised that it was making matters worse rather than better.

So I've taken some time off. I hated the thought of not logging on to Spark and it was only through going to a remote part of Scotland where I had no access to a computer or the Internet for a week that enabled me to do it.

And now?

Good question.

I've taken a tentative step back into SparkLand because I want to track my food intake for a few days to see if I'm getting the levels about right.

I really miss the support and friendship I've found here but don't feel I can afford the time that 'doing Spark properly' takes. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AVANELL 7/15/2014 10:30PM

    I wondered where you were so I finally got over here to check on you! I've missed you but I understand your need to pull back a little bit to take better care of yourself! Keep up the good work and drop by every now and then to let us know how things are going!

God bless!


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FLORNH 6/27/2014 8:34PM

    Yay for taking care of yourself!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 6/27/2014 8:26AM

    I can only agree with the other comments. Use Spark as a tool as you see fit. We are all here if you decide to check in beyond that. Take care of you, sweet friend.
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MISSY455 6/27/2014 2:49AM

    I have missed you Lindsay, but you have to do what works for you. There have been times when I have had to take a step back too, so totally understand.

If you still want to track food and exercise, have you checked out the quick tracking option from the start page? I found it useful before I had the capacity to track from my phone.

Currently, I track food from my phone, or wait until the end of night when I turn on my computer. I don't turn on my computer until 9 or 10 PM, and only do what I can until bedtime. Because of that, I am not nearly as active on teams as I used to be, but that's what works for me.

Good luck as you find your path to success!

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NOT1REGRET 6/27/2014 2:27AM

    Glad to see you're getting your life balance right. Use the bits of Spark that help you, and dip in to the other bits when you feel it's right.


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KALISWALKER 6/27/2014 12:13AM

    Use Spark as it fits your needs and don't feel you have to do anything more. I only record my nutrition and exercise most times. I aim to get more exercise minutes than Spark points. I am glad you are back, but please don't feel you have to read my blog, etc. unless you really can spare the time. I want what is best for you.

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TEDCABEL 6/27/2014 12:06AM

    Key word my friend, MODERATION! I used to be obsessed with doing all the things you just related, took a year off of sparking, now if I miss a day or week or two, it's OK... Doesn't mean I've stopped healthy eating or working out...

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